Sinkholes induced by engineering works

Part of the Karst and Cavernous Rocks in Engineering and Const book series (PRAXIS)


Subsidence sinkholes that develop within a soil cover are the major geohazard in karst. They are created rapidly by water transport of the soil, and any disturbance of the water regime that increases through-flow is more than likely to promote new sinkhole development. Such disturbance, either designed or unintended, is all too commonly due to engineering works, and in the developed modern world the great majority of subsidence sinkholes are induced by man’s activities.


Water Table Soil Cover Groundwater Abstraction Engineering Work Floridan Aquifer 
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